Mental Health of older Australians a “priority” of awareness month

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day (10 October) and a number of State-based Mental Health Awareness Month events, the initiative is all about increasing public awareness across the globe relating to the mental health of all [...]

The burden of mental health could cost $23 trillion by 2030

The burden of mental illness has risen ‘dramatically’ worldwide in the past 25 years, yet ‘no country is investing enough’ according to the report. Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the [...]

Five ways to enhance your mood and mental health

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first-line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. [...]

Mental illness hits teens in alarming numbers

There’s a crisis going on, and it’s happening in our homes, our schools and our playgrounds. Mental illness is affecting an alarming and growing number of our children and teens. In fact, one in seven Australians [...]

How our residential aged-care system doesn’t care about older people’s emotional needs

All humans have fundamental needs. These are physiological (food, drink, clothing, sleep), safety (emotional security, physical safety, health), love and belonging (friendships, community), esteem (respect, dignity) and self-actualisation (accomplishment, personal development). For people living in Australia’s [...]

Happiness is the metric of the future – but there are problems with how we measure it

Move over GDP: happiness is angling to become the metric of the future. Nation states have begun to compete in global happiness rankings and plan policy according to statistics of well-being. Most recently, New Zealand announced [...]

Finding the right psychologist for your mental health needs

Finding the right psychologist is a bit like app dating. You hope it’ll be a good match, but sometimes you’re left disappointed. And when you’re dictating the essence of who you are to a stranger and [...]

How To Do The ‘Impossible Task’ When You’re Depressed

When you’re depressed, any little thing — from filling a prescription to making yourself a sandwich — can seem impossible. Writer Molly Backes recently tweeted about what she calls “The Impossible Task”, and if you’ve ever [...]

$9 million boost for youth mental health

The Government has recently allocated more funding for youth mental health. Photo: Thinkstock The Morrison Government will invest $9 million to boost mental health support for young Australians through Orygen’s National Centre of Excellence in Youth [...]

Camping under the stars might just be the way to helping to rebuild happiness

Photo: Helen Osler and friend love to camp out in the Pilbara. (Supplied: Helen Osler)  Camping is being lauded as way to help you feel better about yourself, get closer to your loved ones and create [...]